26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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Denver
— 2 nights
Fly
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Springdale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bryce
— 6 nights
Drive
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Moab
— 1 night
Drive
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive to City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, Fly to El Dorado International Airport

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Denver

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 9th (Sun), stroll the grounds of Fort Logan National Cemetery, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, and then cruise along Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Here are some ideas for day two: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip planner.

Bogota, Colombia to Denver is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in August: high temperatures in Denver hover around 34°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

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Santa Fe

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Step out of Santa Fe with an excursion to New Mexico River Adventures in Embudo--about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with Santa Fe Balloon Company, take in the exciting artwork at Mama's Minerals, take in nature's colorful creations at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, and admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Denver to Santa Fe by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. August in Santa Fe sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

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Mesa Verde National Park

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 14th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. On the 15th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. On your second day here, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Monument Valley online day trip planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Monument Valley by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August in Monument Valley, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

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Sedona

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire all the interesting features of Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and then explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sedona trip builder website.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Sedona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Traveling from Monument Valley in August, Sedona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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Grand Canyon National Park

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 18th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, stroll through South Kaibab Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park tour planner.

Getting from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, Grand Canyon National Park is a bit cooler than Sedona - with highs of 31°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Springdale.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Tours

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Springdale

Located just outside Zion National Park, Springdale's 600 residents welcome thousands of visitors a year to their tiny town.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): stroll through The Narrows. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Worthington Gallery, trek along Angel's Landing, then look for gifts at Joy Craft & Design, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Springdale trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Springdale takes 5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, you will find days in Springdale are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Bryce.

Things to do in Springdale

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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Bryce

Serving as a gateway to the adjacent Bryce Canyon National Park, the tiny town of Bryce draws outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers all year round.
Explore Bryce's surroundings by going to Escalante Interagency Visitor Center (in Escalante) and Highway 12 Scenic Byway (in Torrey). Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Peek-A-Boo Loop. The adventure continues: stroll through Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, explore the striking landscape at Wall Street, explore the stunning scenery at Sunset Point, and trek along Navajo Loop Trail.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Bryce travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Springdale to Bryce in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Springdale in August: high temperatures in Bryce hover around 29°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): make a trip to Fremont Petroglyphs, admire the landmark architecture of Fruita Schoolhouse, then contemplate the long history of Gifford Homestead, and finally steep yourself in history at Fruita Campground.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Capitol Reef National Park trip planning website.

Getting from Bryce to Capitol Reef National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Historic Sites

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Moab

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 29th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Moab trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Moab in 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Capitol Reef National Park in August, with highs in Moab at 39°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Western Slope SUP, cruise along South Rim Road, and then explore the striking landscape at Painted Wall.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Moab to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 3.5 hours. In August, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park is a bit cooler than Moab - with highs of 34°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

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On the 1st (Tue), admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail and then explore the activities along Little Medano Creek.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve route planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Utah travel guide

4.7
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.